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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Amina Kones <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:57:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello Dear, I need an Investment Manager.


Please accept my sincere apologizes if my letter does not meet your business or personal ethics, I really like to have a good relationship with you, and I have a special reason why I decided to contact you because of the urgency of this matter.

Its necessary to introduce myself in detail for you and the need for your assistance to claim and invest my funds for me.I am Miss Amina Kones from Nairobi-Kenya East Africa, a girl of 24 years old, never married and a first year medical student, the Daughter of Late Mr Kipkalya Kones. I am interested in you for a long term relationship and investment assistance under your control in your country. I am writing with due respect, pains, tears and sorrow from my heart. I am bereaved from all side of my life, it has not been easy for me and i have been facing many challenges of life ever since i lost my Father (Mr Kipkalya Kones) who was the former Kenyan road Minister before his death and he died on plane crash since June 10, 2008. For your confirmation click on the below link:

I have decided to contact you for an inheritance fund transfer of USD$9,5000.000.00(Million) into your reliable bank account as my investment Manager/Partner . I am no longer living in Kenya because of the maltreatment i was receiving from my evil step Mother and uncle who wanted to killed me because of the funds in my name. I have contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager advice me that  i have no right to make the claim myself due to my refugee status here Burkina. Presently i'm staying in the refugee camp under the protection of U.N.H.C.R here in Burkina Faso.

I have my all the documents related to the funds and shall forward to you upon your acceptance so If you can handle the transaction on my behalf, It is also my willing mind to offer you 25% of the total funds for your service and kindness and  the balance shall be my capital investment in any profitable business which you will also recommend to me as I have no idea about foreign investment.

You will recommend a good school for me to complete my education in your country.

This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.

For more details, reply me direct to my private mail-box id :
Yours Sincerely
Amina Kones

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